How to Paint Your House (and why you may not want to paint your barn)

Follow this expert advice to maximize the life of your outdoor paint.



A well painted house adds value to any neighborhood.
A well painted house adds value to any neighborhood.
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You can use a wire wheel attached to an angle grinder to remove loose paint.
You can use a wire wheel attached to an angle grinder to remove loose paint.
STEVE MAXWELL
For best exterior painting results, use acrylic latex paint and synthetic bristle brushes.
For best exterior painting results, use acrylic latex paint and synthetic bristle brushes.
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Infrared Stripper 2
Use infrared paint strippers to soften old paint, then remove it with a scraper. Keep a dropcloth on the ground to prevent paint from getting into the soil. Dispose of latex paint scrapings in the trash. Lead paint requires disposal as toxic waste.
STEVE MAXWELL
Chemical paint strippers
Use chemical paint strippers to soften old paint, then remove it with a scraper. Keep a dropcloth on the ground to prevent paint from getting into the soil. Dispose of latex paint scrapings in the trash. Lead paint requires disposal as toxic waste.
STEVE MAXWELL
Infrared paint strippers
Use infrared paint strippers to soften old paint, then remove it with a scraper. Keep a dropcloth on the ground to prevent paint from getting into the soil. Dispose of latex paint scrapings in the trash. Lead paint requires disposal as toxic waste.
STEVE MAXWELL
Grinder on wood
You can use a wire wheel attached to an angle grinder to remove loose paint.
STEVE MAXWELL
A high-volume, low-pressure sprayer will make painting your house easier and quicker.
A high-volume, low-pressure sprayer will make painting your house easier and quicker.
STEVE MAXWELL
Dispose of lead paint scrapings as toxic waste.
Dispose of lead paint scrapings as toxic waste.
STEVE MAXWELL
Lifetime Wood Treatment comes as a powder. You mix it with water and then apply. www.valhalco.com
Lifetime Wood Treatment comes as a powder. You mix it with water and then apply. www.valhalco.com 
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Unpainted wood siding
For less work, why not leave wood siding unpainted, allowing it to age naturally to a soft gray? Add a little white trim and your low-maintenance barn or home will look terrific. 
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